- Disabilities & the Disabled
Purple Day/ Epilepsy Awareness Month!
I myself suffer from Epilepsy so this month is a special month for me. The month of March is now the official "Epilepsy Awareness Month" and the 26th of March is Purple Day. On March 26th people show their support for Epilepsy Awareness by wearing Purple on this particular day. If you love wearing purple then make a point of wearing it on Purple Day as you won't only look great but you will be showing support of making the world aware of Epilepsy.
Founder of Purple Day
The founder of Purple Day was none other than a 9yr old girl from Nova Scotia Cassidy Megan. In 2008 with the aide and support from the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia (EANS) Cassidy brought Purple Day to life. This young leader of good chose the color purple after the international color for epilepsy - lavender. This particular flower is known to be a symbol of or related to solitude. It is a fitting choice as people who suffer from Epilepsy often do feel isolated and alone excluded from many things in life due to their disability.
Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal
Young Cassidy has a goal in which people around the world that suffer from Epilepsy will know that they are not alone. The "Purple Day Act" was created to officially make March 26 as a day to increase public awareness on Epilepsy. On Nov 2/2012 Cassidy Megan was given an honor that most of us would love in being awarded the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her wonderful achievment in founding "Purple Day", this being a Global campaign for Epilepsy awareness. This special medal was given to Canadians like Cassidy who made outstanding contributions within their communities. I can just imagine how proud Cassidy's loved ones are of her great achievments she has made not to mention at such a young age. In 2010 Cassidy was given a grand honor of presenting flowers to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. This experience is something that Cassidy will be able to tell her grandchildren someday.
Raising Funds to Find a Cure
This year on Nov 7/2013 the Disney Resort is declaring this "Epilepsy Awareness Day". I am glad to see that more is being done to bring Epilepsy out into the open to educate the public about it. Hopefully by making the public more aware of it we can then start to separate the myths from the facts about Epilepsy. We need to make the world aware that this disability effects more than 50 million people world wide and over 300,000 in Canada alone. Being a neurological disorder there has yet to be discovered a cure. But like most things research must be done to hopefully find a cure. To do this crucial research funding is needed so despartely; without funding a cure will not be found for this dreaded disability. We must try and raise more funds so research can be done. What a life changer that would be for so many (including myself) if a cure could be found. This would be a whole new way of life of living getting rid of so many barriers that stand in front of people with Epilepsy.
Show Support of Purple Day
Let's show our support by wearing purple on March 26th "Purple Day" by doing this we are showing the world and most of all the people who suffer from this condition that they are not alone! If you would like to make a financial donation I would suggest contacting "Epilepsy Ontario" as a good place to start which will provide you with the information you need to make your donation. Your donations will help with the all important research as well as other projects such as allowing children with Epilepsy to go to summer camp etc. Even if you cannot afford a financial donation show your support by wearing your purple outfit on March 26th which I hope will become better known as "Purple Day" around the world.